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‎30 North: Speciality Coffee at Sheikh Zayed’s Capital Promenade ‎

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‎30 North: Speciality Coffee at Sheikh Zayed’s Capital Promenade ‎

Mainstream coffee is everywhere; however, speciality coffee is rare. What 30 North is aiming to achieve is more than just brewing coffee; it’s trying to create a casual-chic social hub with light food options and distinctive beverages. 30 North’s ambience in Capital Business Park is quite easy-going and gives off very tranquil vibes; rustically-themed with wood and concrete, decorative chains and pipes, as well as coffee sacks, plants, and books for an extra-urban touch.

There weren’t any spaces in the sunny outdoor area at the time of our visit, so we went inside and sat on a big wooden shared table that had an appealing laid-back feel to it. We got hold of the menu and decided which speciality coffee we’d start our day with.

Their menu was fairly diverse in terms of drinks; from brews and a distinctive tea assortment to international coffee mixes and smoothies. After a few questions to the barista, we chose the Vietnamese Ca PheSua Da (40LE) – cold coffee with evaporated sweetened milk and ice cubes. This is how coffee is often served in Vietnam. Evaporated sweetened milk is not very common to the Egyptian palate, so some people may view it as heavy, but this coffee drink is quite enjoyable if you don’t mind how different evaporated milk tastes. Our next beverage was the Iced Latte (35LE) – their speciality coffee with skimmed milk and an extra shot of caramel. This latte was acceptable, yet not very distinctive – normal coffee taste; nothing special.

We were there during their early hours, so we decided to get a breakfast option to try out the menu; we got the Egg White Omelette (70LE) – omelette with mushroom and sausage, fresh brown loaf, potato cake, and mixed greens. It came straight away and looked appetising: the omelette was tasty, and the mushrooms were perfectly sautéed. The sausage was good quality, and the bread underneath was fluffy and fresh. However, the only downside was the potato cake; it had a beautiful golden crisp colour but tasted disappointingly bland, there was no side-sauce to complement it.

We then turned our attention to their sandwiches and saw the Philly Cheese Steak (120LE) – beef tenderloin, pepper, onion, mushrooms, and cheese, served in soft white bread and with crispy homemade chips on the side. This plate was mostly successful; the sautéed vegetables were faultlessly cooked and seasoned, the beef stripes were cooked to perfection, and the cheese was rich and creamy. If we had one comment, it would be how soft the bread was; in terms of texture, it didn’t serve the sandwich right. A firmer type of bread would have had a better bite to it for sure. On the other hand, the chips were crunchy and, while the pickles on the side were sweet rather than savoury, they went well with the sandwich’s over-all taste.

30 North definitely has a vision. Its menu options are vast and in need of further exploration. The mood they’re selling is needed in such a busy city like Cairo, as we all need a place to relax ever-so-often. Moreover, their prices are undeniably reasonable with the quality being served. They have two other branches: in Mall of Arabia and in Zamalek.

360 Tip

Breakfast menu is served till 2.00PM on weekdays, and till 3.00PM on weekends.

Best Bit

The prices.

Worst Bit

The bland potato cake.  

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